Former Stockport County striker Cameron Darkwah became the latest young talent to sign for in-form Ilkeston FC this week.
The 20-year-old came through the ranks at Edgeley Park, appearing 17 times in both League Two and the Conference Premier before loan spells with Mossley, FC Halifax Town and Colwyn Bay.
He was released from his contract in December so comes to the New Manor Ground as a free agent.
Robins boss Kevin Wilson, whose son Ryan played in the same Stockport youth team as Darkwah, said he’s delighted with the signing.
He told the official club website: ““I’ve seen a fair bit of him over the years and I’ve always felt he was a player who had something about him.
“He’s got good pace and an eye for a goal and although he’s one for the future, you never know, the future could start this month.”
“It would be silly for me to put him under too much pressure because winning a place ahead of Gary Ricketts and Aaron Hooton is a tall order in itself. But I think he has good potential and if he takes on the challenge with the right attitude, we could be good for each other.”
The move comes after Wilson pulled out of a deal to sign Stafford Rangers hitman Danny Quinn, citing a failure to agree personal terms as the reason for the 22-year-old Scotsman not coming to Derbyshire.
Wilson said: “We had a good chat but Danny won’t be joining us.
“We have a sound and sensible pay structure a this football club which we are not prepared to break.”
Meanwhile, Ilkeston FC have announced details regarding the next round of trials that will take place where youngsters can earn a place at the club’s now well-renowned academy.
Young players from all over the UK have previously signed up to join the academy, with many continuing to impress and potentially earn a spot in the first team.
Scholar Recruitment Days will take place on April 8, 9 and 10, with applications invited from youngsters in the 16-19 age range.
Wilson said: “We will have vacancies for up to 25 lads to join the programme on July 10 and if anyone is interested they should apply for a trial place in April.
“The object of the exercise is to raise the standard of the intake every year. We achieved that this season by recruiting from further afield - from Guernsey to Grimsby - and although it doesn’t necessarily follow that the new scholars will come from outside the area, they will have to show good potential.”
Those invited in April will take part in a training session and do technical work in the morning - then figure in a trial match in the afternoon.
Anyone interested in taking part should apply by e-mail to email@example.com.